Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio may have felt like the future,
but the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel was the past — as in, the first to
market with a pull-forward laptop design. And right now, the
powerful Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel is way, way cheaper than
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio.
For Black Friday, Acer is selling the ConceptD 3 Ezel for $869.99 via
Amazon, 42 percent or $630 off of the normal $1,499.99 purchase
price. The version of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio that we
reviewed cost $2,699. In other words, you can buy the ConceptD 3
Ezel, a laptop that’s very similar to the Microsoft Surface Laptop
Studio, for 66 percent less!
Is it worth it? At this price, absolutely. While we didn’t
review the ConceptD 3 Ezel directly, we put the ConceptD and the
Surface Laptop Studio head-to-head as part of our Surface Laptop Studio review — and the ConceptD
3 Ezel came out on top on most tests, save for 3D performance.
There, the Surface Laptop Studio’s Core H35 i5-11300H CPU/ RTX 3050
Ti GPU overcame the Core i7-10750H CPU / Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU
inside the ConceptD. This is primarily a creative machine (and even
includes a pen!), but it will do just fine as a general laptop or
for light gaming.
Laptop Studio (left) and the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel (right).
The ConceptD uses a pull-forward design where you can simply
pull the screen forward, supported by the hinge, either for inking
or an in-your-face perspective on streaming media. You can also
fold it flat, too. We would definitely characterize the Surface
Laptop Studio as a more refined experience, with a smoother hinge.
But the ConceptD is sturdier — and, as the price certainly
indicates, a heck of a lot cheaper. Grab it while you can, though,
as there are limited quantities available.
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